Charity Challenge

Participating teams in The Community Cup have three opportunities to give back to their community while earning points for their team!

Here’s How It Works

By participating, each team can earn up to a maximum of 100 points. For each food item donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, gear item donated to YMCA of Central Ohio or dollar donated to The Columbus Foundation, your team will be awarded one (1) point. The Greater Columbus Sports Commission will tally points for each participating team for the food or gear drive or for each dollar donated to The Columbus Foundation. A staff member from the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will provide the boxes for the gear and food drive to place in your office and collect those boxes as they fill up throughout the challenge.

The Charity Challenge will run from Monday, June 3 through Tuesday, September 3.

Please contact Meghan Sexton, staff liaison at msexton@columbussports.org, if your box is full and needs picked up.

The Columbus Foundation 

The Community Cup would not be possible without the support of its partners. The Columbus Foundation, our presenting sponsor, is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,500 individuals, families, and businesses that have created unique funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. The Foundation’s Center for Corporate Philanthropy is designed to help established and new central Ohio businesses make their charitable investments—within the company and in the broader community—as cost-effective and efficient as possible. The Employee Assistance Program helps businesses support their employees during times of hardship and disaster to ensure they have the assistance they need when it’s needed most.

You can donate to the Gifts of Kindness Fund here. Please provide proof of your donation to Meghan Sexton at msexton@columbussports.org.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank has a mission to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time while also co-creating communities where everyone thrives. Since its inception in 1980, Mid-Ohio Foodbank has been working with farmers, grocers, food companies, the USDA, and community partners to distribute food to over 650 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs and senior housing sites across Central and Eastern Ohio.

All non-perishable food donations must be closed, sealed and labeled. If unlabeled, complete ingredient information must be provided. We are asking teams to specifically donate items from their most needed list:

  • Chili with beans
  • Tuna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meat
  • Soup with vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit (in juice/light syrup)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bar Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Body wash
  • Toothbrushes (all ages)
  • Deodorant (any)

Please Note: Mid-Ohio Foodbank is unable to accept perishable, homemade, home-canned and outdated food, bulk packages weighing more than five pounds or food in glass containers.

YMCA of Central Ohio

YMCA of Central Ohio is an inclusive group of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We are asking teams to specifically donate items from their most needed item list, which include the following:

  • Basketballs
  • Volleyballs
  • Cones
  • Soccer balls
  • Kids Lacrosse sticks/balls
  • Tennis balls
  • Flip scoreboards
  • Frisbees